Love Is All There Is

on October 11, 1996 by Kim Williamson
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   The filmmaking duo of Joseph Bologna and Renee Taylor received an Oscar nomination for their "Lovers and Other Strangers" script, but no hint of that talent is on display in this contemporary and very loose adaptation of "Romeo and Juliet." The setup: There are bad feelings between two Italian families who run competing Italian restaurants in the Bronx, and those relations don't improve when one family's son (Nathaniel Marston) and the other's daughter ("Hackers'" Angelina Jolie) fall in love during a production of the Shakespeare classic.
   Unwisely, Bologna and Taylor keep the focus of attention on the disputing adults (Bologna happens to play one of them, while Taylor portrays a goofy psychic) and away from the romantic couple. Lots of lame humor and uncomic contention ensue as the acting corps make sure never to let slip a chance to overplay their parts, making their turns as big and bangly as the bad jewelry and neo-'70s attire the women and men sport here. A closing sign of trouble: Though bearing a 1996 copyright at its end, the film has opening credits boast it "introduces" Angelina Jolie, who now has two major screen credits on her c.v.
   A strange film to be coming from art-houser Goldwyn, "Love Is All There Is" might prove a fitfully pleasant diversion for undemanding senior citizens and the Lawrence Welk crowd. Starring Joseph Bologna, Renee Taylor, Lainie Kazan, Paul Sorvino, Angelina Jolie and Nathaniel Marston. Directed and written by Joseph Bologna and Renee Taylor. Produced by Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Tim Kelly and Chantal Ribeiro. A Goldwyn release. Comedy. Rated R for some sexual content. Running time: 104 min
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